EIS Opens Indicative Industrial Action Ballot Over FE Pay DealFriday 17th February 2017
The EIS has today (Friday) opened an indicative industrial action ballot of its Further Education Lecturers’ Association (EIS-FELA) members over the non-delivery of a pay agreement that was reached almost one year ago.
The EIS declared a formal dispute last week following a lack of progress in discussions at National Joint Negotiating Committee (NJNC) on delivery of the agreement. Following a further NJNC meeting yesterday, at which no resolution was agreed, the EIS has now opened an indicative ballot on industrial action – up to and including potential strike action.
Commenting EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "EIS-FELA members have been extremely patient in waiting almost a full year for the delivery of the March 2016 pay agreement. However, following the decision last week by college management to attempt to rewrite certain elements of the deal, the patience of our members is now exhausted. The EIS does not open any industrial action ballot lightly, but our hand has been forced by the frustrating behaviour of the management side.”
EIS-FELA President John Kelly said, "College lecturers across Scotland are deeply disappointed that promises on fair pay made to us by management one year ago have still not been delivered. It is simply unacceptable that the management side entered into a pay agreement, then dragged its feet for a year before failing to deliver the deal as promised.
"The EIS-FELA Executive urges all FE members to use their vote in this important ballot, and to vote for industrial action. We must send a clear message to management that they must honour the deal that they signed up to last year.”
The indicative ballot opens today (Friday) and closes on midday on Friday 3rd March 2017.